If someone were to offer me a life’s supply of Hershey’s milk chocolate, I’d probably turn it down. I just don’t like it. I don’t like milk chocolate in general, with a few exceptions. I’m much more of a dark chocolate girl.
Although, I didn’t like dark chocolate until…college, maybe? As a kid, my mom didn’t have to worry about me touching her dark chocolate stash. But I guess it’s inevitable we all turn into our mothers, and now, like her, I prefer the dark stuff.
I had some Amano chocolate left over from my trip to Utah in December. I’ve been rationing it since, until recently, I couldn’t find it in NC. [They now carry it at Starbucks!] Amano chocolate has been my favorite brand since I first discovered it, but I wondered if I was biased since it’s made in Utah and I know that it’s won all sorts of awards all over the world. So, I decided to do a taste test pitting Amano against Lindt and Scharffen Berger. To make this as scientific as possible 😉 I made sure that all the chocolates involved were 70%. Also, as a point of reference, Amano is the most expensive, followed by Scharffen Berger, then Lindt. So…does cost really matter?
First, I blind-folded myself and then had Rob hand me pieces of chocolate. I put them on my tongue and let them melt. No chewing in chocolate tasting!
The first chocolate I tasted had a rich, dark cocoa-ey taste and it wasn’t very sweet. I sensed a hint of raisin and noticed that as it melted, it had a slight alcohol taste to it, which I didn’t love. But overall, I liked the richness of it and gave this 7 out of 10 points on my dark chocometer.
The second chocolate wasn’t quite as strong as the first one. It was milder, had a more fruity taste to it, and as I let it sit on my tongue, I really noticed a change in the flavors. It got more intense as it melted and there were multiple flavors emerging at different times at different stages of melting. This was gooood. It also had a great aftertaste. I ranked it an 8.
The last bar smelled really good and it had a stronger smell than the others. It also had the smoothest feel as it melted. But I kept getting little hints of a chemical taste as it melted. It was good to start but got worse and didn’t have a great aftertaste. I ranked it a 5.
Rob also did the taste test and had similar thoughts, but didn’t get the bad aftertaste or alcohol hints in the 3rd one.
So…which bar you think was which?? Make your guesses….
Did you guess? Good.
First chocolate – Lindt
Second chocolate – Amano
Third – Scharffen Berger
Were you right?
My winner: Amano. I have such refined taste. Gotta be honest, I was relieved that I can now legitimately call it my favorite. 🙂
Rob’s winner: Schaffen Berger.
You might wonder why Amano only got an 8 if it’s my favorite. Well, Amano makes different varieties of dark chocolate. And one of the others is “more favorite” than the Ocumare that I used in this test. [Please…someone get the “more favorite” reference. bahahaha. I love Brian Regan.]
We also did a taste taste with just Amano chocolates. But you’ll have to wait for those results. Along with that review, I’ll also give you some tips on how to have a successful chocolate tasting. It takes practice. Or not…but we’ll say that it does just so we have an excuse to eat dark chocolate.
I’m off to take Maizey to her favorite place [the dog park] and then I’m going to my favorite place [Whole Foods].
What’s your favorite brand of dark chocolate?